FULL SEVEN BACK FOR ROBINS' DERBY

Sunday May 27, 2018
With no meeting at the Oak Tree Arena this week, the 'Cases' Somerset Rebels will complete their May programme with tough trips to Swindon (Monday 28th) and King's Lynn (Wednesday 30th).

The Rebels, who moved into a play-off position in the SGB Premiership table after beating Belle Vue last Wednesday, will be boosted by the return of both reserves, Bradley Wilson-Dean, a former Swindon Robin, and Jonas Jeppesen when they make the visit to Swindon.

The Robins are currently level with Wolverhampton on 16 points at the top of the table and will be bouyed by their comprehensive cup win over Rye House last time out at the Abbey. They have also turned over Wolverhampton, Poole and King's Lynn in the Premiership at their Wiltshire home and defeated Belle Vue in the Charity Shield.

Team manager Garry May is all too aware of the tough task facing the Rebels, "You only need to look at their results to see how strong they are, especially at home but that doesn't mean we can't go and get a result. It's a local derby and I feel that our chances are good especially with the news that we will have a full seven back. That said, we will need to be on our best gating game and not concede too many points early on, as has been our want on our other travels this year."

The Bank Holiday meeting means a return to familiar territory for reigning world champion, Rebels' number one Jason Doyle , as he led the Robins to the league title last season before being released over the winter.

Doyle was a GP semi-finalist on Saturday in Prague, during which he claimed his first ever GP race win as Somerset Rebel when he won his third outing, but he surrendered his stranglehold on the Czech CPs having twice won their in the past two seasons.

Whilst there will be no speedway racing at the Oak Tree Arena this week the venue will host the second round of the 2018 British Sidecar Speedway Championship on Friday (June 1st).

That will feature Bridgwater's Joe Mogg hoping for better fortunes in Round Two of the 1,000cc British Sidecar Speedway Championship after having suffered a blown main engine during the opening round at Leicester, which ultimately restricted him to scoring a creditable five points with his passenger Jake Cutler.

“We had a new frame too, so what with changing the engine at the last minute, we really didn’t know how the bike was going to perform”, said Joe, “so five points, which after not scoring in our first ride, wasn’t too bad. It keeps us in with a shout”.

He added: “I do like the track at Somerset, which is great for us sidecars, so with some home support, we’ve got plenty to build on”.
Mogg and Cutler will have to be at their very best at the Oak Tree Arena if they are to muscle in to the latter stages of what promises to be another extremely competitive night’s racing – as will Wayne Rickards from Wellington near Taunton, who as passenger to Tom Cossar, scored three points in the first round.

First race is at 7pm, with admission charges at a very attractive £10 for adults – and free for under-16s.

Monday’s Teams (from)
Swindon: Nick Morris (capt), Adam Ellis, Troy Batchelor, David Bellego, Tobiasz Musielak, Zach Wajtknecht, Jack Smith; Team manager: Alun Rossiter
Somerset: Jason Doyle (Capt), Jake Allen, Charles Wright, Jack Holder, Richard Lawson, Jonas Jeppesen, Bradley Wilson-Dean; Team manager: Garry May


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